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SubjectRe: Debug: sleeping function called from invalid context
On Sat, 16 Aug 2003 02:06:52 -0500 Matt Mackall <mpm@selenic.com> wrote:

| On Fri, Aug 15, 2003 at 12:30:53PM -0700, Randy.Dunlap wrote:
| > On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 18:32:47 +0100 Dave Jones <davej@redhat.com> wrote:
| >
| > | On Fri, Aug 15, 2003 at 10:18:56AM -0700, Randy.Dunlap wrote:
| > |
| > | > Debug: sleeping function called from invalid context at include/asm/uaccess.h:473
| > | > Call Trace:
| > | > [<c0120d94>] __might_sleep+0x54/0x5b
| > | > [<c010d001>] save_v86_state+0x71/0x1f0
| > | > [<c010dbd5>] handle_vm86_fault+0xc5/0xa90
| > | > [<c019cab8>] ext3_file_write+0x28/0xc0
| > | > [<c011cd96>] __change_page_attr+0x26/0x220
| > | > [<c010b310>] do_general_protection+0x0/0x90
| > | > [<c010a69d>] error_code+0x2d/0x40
| > | > [<c0109657>] syscall_call+0x7/0xb
| > |
| > | That's one really wierd looking backtrace. What else was that
| > | machine up to at the time ?
| >
| > Some parts of it are explainable (to me), some not.
| > I don't know what caused a GP fault or why ext3 shows up.
| >
| > But I can follow from do_general_protection() to handle_vm86_fault()
| > to [inline] return_to_32bit() to save_v86_state() to __might_sleep().
| >
| > And __might_sleep() is correct if change_page_attr() was called,
| > since it takes a spinlock. I just can't connect quite all of the dots.
|
| Ok, there's some stack noise here with the ext3_file_write and
| __change_page_attr.
|
| Here's what I've figured out so far. You probably have something like
| X running with a driver that calls an image of its own 16-bit BIOS to
| get something done (I think Matrox does this) via sys_vm86. One of the
| arguments to sys_vm86 is a pointer to a vm86plus_struct in userspace
| that gets stashed away in tsk->thread.vm86_info.
|
| When, for whatever reason, a fixup is needed in vm86 mode, we find
| ourselves in handle_vm86_fault and save_v86_state copied various junk
| out to this userspace struct we've kept a pointer to. Now as far as I
| can tell, there's nothing guaranteeing this struct is pinned down or
| in any way guaranteed to be around when the fault occurs. If the page
| with the struct _does_ get swapped out, we can be in trouble when we
| hit this fault.
|
| If this is actually a valid analysis, we should probably just pin the
| page for the duration of vm86 as it's already bordering on magical.
|
| If there's some reason this whole thing is safe, let me know and I'll
| try to get might_sleep to stop complaining about these.
|
| I suppose we could test it by hacking a program guaranteed to fault in
| vm86 mode and hacking the syscall to force the page out before calling
| do_sys_vm86.

I had another occurrence of this yesterday. It doesn't seem to be
an error condition AFAICT.

--
~Randy
"Everything is relative."
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